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 Jonas Fjeld

Jonas Fjeld born in Bodø, is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He is best known in the English-speaking world for two albums recorded by Danko/Fjeld/Andersen, a collaboration with Canadian Rick Danko of The Band and American singer-songwriter Eric Andersen. Fjeld also recorded two albums with the American bluegrass group Chatham County Line.

Fjeld took his stage name from the principal character of a series of novels written by Øvre Richter Frich. Although he was born in Bodø, he moved with his family to Drammen, when he was a child.

Fjeld´s first recording contract was with the Jonas Fjeld Rock´n Rolf Band, a comedy band which included Herodes Falsk, in 1972. JFRRB played rock cuts, partly inspired by artists such as Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart, and otherwise made themselves conspicuous by their theatrical stage show.

He switched to acoustic folk after listening to Eric Andersen´s album Blue River. His first solo album, Take Two Aspirins and Call Me in the Morning, was released in 1975. The album Svært nok for meg (Tough Enough for Me), released in 1990, went gold in Norway. It included Engler i sneen (Angels in the Snow), a duet with Lynni Treekrem.

Fjeld was introduced to Rick Danko by Andersen in 1990. Danko, Fjeld, and Anderson started doing concerts in September 1990, and recorded the eponymous Danko/Fjeld/Andersen album in Norway in 1991. This album included a bilingual version of Engler i sneen (Angels in the Snow) and two more songs co-written by Fjeld, When Morning Comes to America and Blue Hotel.

Fjeld was introduced to Chatham County Line in 2005, and was sufficiently impressed with them to invite them to Norway for some concerts. Fjeld and Chatham County Line have toured together, and recorded two albums, both of which went gold in Norway. A project is Two Rusty Men, consisting of Fjeld and Ole Paus.

Fjeld has received four Spellemannprisen, the Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy.

More info about Jonas Fjeld at Wikipedia.

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